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Gratings in nonlinear optical polymers for integrated optical device applications
Author(s): Thiemo Kardinahl; Hilmar Franke
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Paper Abstract

The polymer poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) doped with the active photoinitiator dimethoxyphenalacetophenon (DMPA) is a well known material to form permanent gratings by uv-holographie. An additional doping with the photochromic material E-(alpha) (2,5- dimethyl-3-furyl)ethylidene(adamantylidene)succinic anhydride (Aberchrome 670) leads to a one step fabrication of a nonlinear optical grating. After the permanent grating is fixed, the refractive index of the grating can be tuned by a homogenous illumination. The diffraction efficiency of the grating can be tuned because the fulgide Aberchrome 670 undergoes a reversible transition from its bleached to its colored form by homogeneous uv illumination and back again by irradiating the film with a wavelength near the absorption maximum (here (lambda) equals 514.5 nm).

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1993
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2025, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VI, (16 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165300
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Thiemo Kardinahl, Univ. Duisburg (Germany)
Hilmar Franke, Univ. Duisburg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2025:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VI
Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Editor(s)

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